Tag Archives: local newspapers

Local Papers Stay Local

Local papers stay local When I travel around Britain I always buy a local paper wherever I stay as I think that it tells you a great deal about the town or city in question. The nation’s high streets all look the same these days, they all have M&S, Tesco, Costa, Waterstones etc. Even the […]

Poor coverage of women’s sport

Players and administrators in women’s sport regularly complain that they are underfunded when compared to their male counterparts. Their argument is that the poor media coverage of their sport leads to fewer sponsorship and other commercial sources of income being available to them. Recent events at my local rugby club would seem to suggest that […]

Style replaces substance

Hardly a week goes by without more gloomy news about local newspaper closures. The latest example came just last week with the news of the closure of three local weeklies in London.  Interestingly, the trade magazine Press Gazette says that London now has fewer newspapers per resident than any other part of the UK. However, […]

Local News Matters

In the last few days the NUJ has held a number of events across the UK to mark their Local News Matters week of action. As I have said before in these posts, our local newspapers seem to be in a vicious circle of decline. Low circulation figures cause a loss of advertising revenue, which […]

Summertime Blues

Parliament is now in recess, the schools are on holiday and the sun is clearly visible in the sky, it can only mean one thing for the UK’s media; we are now officially in the silly season.  For the next couple of months there is likely to be little in the way of serious news […]

North South gap in newspapers

I was very interested to read the feature in Press Gazette last week which looks at the density of local newspaper coverage across the UK. It shows that Northern Ireland is best served by the press, with 33 newspapers per million of population. Scotland comes second with 27 newspapers per million, while the comparable figure […]

What a Whopper!

In these days of serious and often gloomy news stories, the public, and indeed the media, are often looking for some light relief. Any press officer who can come up with a quirky human interest story is pretty much guaranteed coverage. So the PR team at a certain US fast food chain must have thought […]